Environment

“Our response [to the climate crisis] must be nothing less than an ‘ecological conversion’ of every person and every part of society. Responding to the current emergency is the responsibility of every family, every workplace, every village, town and city, every company, and every public institution.

The earth is God’s gift as well as God’s creation. Human beings are far more than consumers: we are called to be just stewards of creation, to care for the poorest and the weakest. Human fulfilment lies not in escalating consumption but in meaningful rest and labour and learning to be content.

Churches and faith communities must play their part and are beginning to do so. Many dioceses, including Oxford, are placing care for the earth at the top of the agenda for the coming years, recognising the distance we still have to travel. This means measuring and restricting our own carbon emissions, commending lifestyle changes, undertaking energy audits and campaigning for wider change. It means identifying challenging but achievable targets and the practical path to reach them. We need to hear the voice of government in policy detail and not just principle.”

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Speech in the House of Lords, 6 February 2020

One of our Diocese’s main priorities is responding to the climate crisis and the broader environmental crises facing our planet. It’s part of our common vision for becoming a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world.

This is a priority for us all, individually and corporately. Our Diocesan Synod has declared a climate emergency and set ambitious but clear targets for reaching net zero. In our own lives, our churches, our schools and other diocesan institutions, we’re working to be agents of change — taking practical action, bringing the issues before God in prayer, undertaking advocacy at every level of government, standing in solidarity with our overseas partners, calling for disinvestment from fossil fuel companies whose plans aren’t in line with the Paris Agreement, and seeking to support a just transition locally and globally.

To find out more about our Christian calling to care for God’s world, and what individuals and churches can do and are doing, go to our pages on theology and liturgy, what individuals can do, and what churches can do.

To make sure you keep up to date on issues, follow our Twitter feed @earthingfaith, and our latest news stories.

Prayer

Creator of our common home,
You fill the earth and sea and sky with life
Forgive us our neglect of your creation
The choking waste of our pollution
The damage done by careless habits
And our indifference to future generations.
Help us to amend our lives
To refuse more plastic if we can’t reuse it
To lift our voice for lasting change
And to live well and gently on the earth
To the glory of your Son, the living Word
Through whom you made this fragile world. 
Amen 

Rt Revd Steven Croft 

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